Introduction to Fiction

L204 — Fall 2018

Joan Pong Linton
Ballantine Hall 307
Days and Times
11:15A-12:30P TR
Course Description

Topic: "Making a Story Called Home"

Figuring out how fiction works is like making a home in the world. This course examines basic elements and strategies of storytelling and of home-making through the lenses of displacement and disconnection, as well as hospitality and healing. Learning objectives:

  • To develop and practice skills for the analysis of short stories and novels
  • To write intelligently and persuasively about works of literary fiction
  • To relate stories and novels to their social, cultural, and historical contexts
  • To understand the relevance of stories and novels in addressing issues in society today
  • To try fiction's power of "what if": imagining how the world as it is could be different

Readings may include a number of short stories, a film, and two novels (Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony).

In addition to active participation in class discussion, written assignments will include

  1. a number of quizzes and interpretation exercises, designed to help cultivate critical readings skills that will, in turn, enrich your reading pleasure;
  2. three informal, exploratory writings (600+ words) focusing on critical problems; and
  3. a 5-page critical analysis of one of the novels.

Interested in this course?

The full details of this course are available on the Office of the Registrar website.

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